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Also Known As: Vickie Lynn Hogan, Anna Nicole Died: February 8, 2007
Born: November 28, 1967 Cause of Death: accidental drug overdose
Birth Place: Mexia, Texas, USA Profession: actor, model, television personality, producer, exotic dancer

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n public, she made a notorious appearance at the 32nd annual American Music Awards ceremony, where she was a scheduled presenter. Taking to the podium to introduce rapper Kanye West, a slurring, unsteady Smith launched into an odd, rambling discourse that embarrassed producers and nearly got her the hook. By 2005, however, Smith appeared on her way to regaining some semblance of stability in her life. In addition to landing a gig that year as a regular columnist for the newly revamped National Enquirer, Smith began dating entertainment photojournalist, Larry Birkhead. Unfortunately, it turned out that this brief period of quiet was only the calm before a deadly hurricane.Smith's fortunes began to take a tragic turn starting in the fall of 2006. Following the alleged brief romantic dalliance with Birkhead, Smith announced that she was pregnant. In a June 1, 2006 video blog posted on her official website, a seemingly ebullient Smith proclaimed the following: "Let me stop all the rumors. Yes, I am pregnant. I'm happy, I'm very, very happy about it. Everything's goin' really, really good and I'll be checking in and out periodically on the web, and I'll let you see me as I'm growing." While her...

n public, she made a notorious appearance at the 32nd annual American Music Awards ceremony, where she was a scheduled presenter. Taking to the podium to introduce rapper Kanye West, a slurring, unsteady Smith launched into an odd, rambling discourse that embarrassed producers and nearly got her the hook. By 2005, however, Smith appeared on her way to regaining some semblance of stability in her life. In addition to landing a gig that year as a regular columnist for the newly revamped National Enquirer, Smith began dating entertainment photojournalist, Larry Birkhead. Unfortunately, it turned out that this brief period of quiet was only the calm before a deadly hurricane.

Smith's fortunes began to take a tragic turn starting in the fall of 2006. Following the alleged brief romantic dalliance with Birkhead, Smith announced that she was pregnant. In a June 1, 2006 video blog posted on her official website, a seemingly ebullient Smith proclaimed the following: "Let me stop all the rumors. Yes, I am pregnant. I'm happy, I'm very, very happy about it. Everything's goin' really, really good and I'll be checking in and out periodically on the web, and I'll let you see me as I'm growing." While her announcement did not provide any specific details as to the unborn child's paternity, many assumed that Birkhead was the father. On Sept. 7, Smith's daughter, Dannielynn Hope, was born at Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas. Surprisingly, though, when a copy of the birth certificate was made public, Birkhead's name was nowhere to be found on the document. Instead, Dannielynn's father was listed as Howard K. Stern. While this initially seemed to be a pre-emptive strike against Birkhead, both Smith and attorney Stern quickly dismissed any suggestions of ulterior motive. Claiming that he wished to set the record straight, Stern appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live" in late September and reiterated that he, indeed, was Dannielynn's father, stating that and Smith were lovers and, in fact, had been for quite some time (seemingly confirming what many gossip columnists had long suspected, anyway). Not everyone was buying their story, however; least of all, Birkhead. In response, Birkhead, countered with his own round of press conferences, steadfastly maintaining his contention that he was the baby's father and announced his plans to file a lawsuit to challenge paternity. With this gauntlet thrown down, the tabloids all excitedly pitched their tents and prepared themselves for a long, drawn-out custody battle. However, these plans were derailed, albeit temporarily, by a shocking and sudden tragedy that no one could have expected.

Just three days after the birth of her daughter, Smith's beloved son, 20-year old Daniel Smith, died abruptly on Sept. 10, 2006, in his mother's hospital room while visiting her and his newborn sister. The mysterious cause of the young man's death fueled intense speculation. When the hospital autopsy reports of Daniel turned up inconclusive, Smith hired world-famous forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a second autopsy. Seven days later, Wecht announced that Daniel had died from a lethal combination of prescription drugs including Zoloft, Lexapro, and the opiate-suppressing, methadone. The following day, the last photos taken of Daniel alive by his mother's bedside were sold by persons unknown (but speculated to be Smith, herself) to the entertainment magazine In Touch Weekly and the news show "Entertainment Tonight" (syndicated, 1981- ) for a sum of over $650,000.

On Oct. 19, after weeks of examinations and legal wrangling, Daniel Smith was finally laid to rest at Lake View Cemetery on Nassau Island, Bahamas. By this time, media coverage of Smith had already approached a boiling point. While the American press did grudgingly allow Smith about a week or so of relative peace to grieve her loss, their feeding frenzy resumed anew and more ravenous than ever, when it was revealed that Smith and Stern had secretly gotten married on Sept. 28, 2006 - less than three weeks after Daniel's death. According to reports, Smith and Stern exchanged vows and rings in an informal commitment ceremony aboard the 41-foot catamaran off the coast of the Bahamas. The bride wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of roses, while Stern wore a white shirt under a black dress suit. Although the vows were administered and witnessed by a Baptist minister, questions of the ceremony's legality - not to mention, motives behind it - surfaced almost immediately. Regarding the questionable timing of the ceremony, Smith's attorney in Nassau, stated, "This was intended to be a lift to steel them for Daniel's funeral." The photos of their wedding were once again sold, this time to People magazine for around $1 million.

As the new year approached, relations between Smith and Birkhead became increasingly bitter. On Dec. 22, Birkhead won a major legal battle victory when a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled in favor of having 3-month-old Dannielynn submitted for DNA testing. Although the court set a deadline for Smith to comply by late January 2007, Smith lawyers were successful in winning her a delay. On February 7, "Entertainment Tonight" released excerpts of telephone conversations Birkhead allegedly recorded between himself and Smith. In them, a slurry-voiced Smith accused Birkhead of leaving her. What exactly this may have meant in regard to her denying Birkhead's paternity seemed unclear, but set the internet abuzz with new speculations.

Regardless, those answers would have to wait. On Feb. 8, 2007 - less than 24 hours after the broadcast - Smith's body was discovered unconscious in a room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at approximately 1:38 pm EST. CPR was administered by a bodyguard but without success. Smith was rushed minutes later to Memorial Regional Hospital at approximately 2:10 pm EST. Unfortunately, it was too little too late. Anna Nicole Smith was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:49 pm EST. She was only 39 years-old.

On March 26, 2007, approximately seven weeks after her death, Broward County Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Perper released the findings of Smith's autopsy. Cause of death was determined to be "combined drug intoxication." In addition to high concentrations of the sleeping drug, chloral hydrate, Smith's blood also showed traces of at least eight other prescription medications. The report further revealed that Smith had recently had a bacterial infection from injecting drugs into her buttocks.

The strange saga of Anna Nicole Smith did not end there, however. As long as the issue of Dannielynn's paternity remained unresolved, the story refused to die. Finally, after two months of rampant speculation, the question was finally settled. In April of 2007, DNA results confirmed that Birkhead was indeed the child's biological father. Acknowledging the validity of these results, Stern conceded his parental rights and even shared an uncomfortable embrace with Birkhead. However, not everyone was ready to throw in the towel just yet. In a public statement issued moments after the results were announced, lawyers for Smith's mother, Virgie Arthur, indicated that they would seek an order for joint custody of Dannielynn. As Stern had always insisted he would do to honor Smith, he also added at the press conference that he would even help Birkhead fight for sole custody, so that Smith's last wishes that her mother have no contact with her granddaughter remained intact. reality TV queen signed on as the official spokesmodel for the controversial diet drug manufacturer, TrimSpa, after having gained numerous pounds in the past few years. Within months, Smith returned to the public eye, some 70 pounds lighter looking better than she had in years. Smith's svelte new figure garnered her major press again - but not all of it was positive. As outrageous as ever, Smith's behavior also made headlines. Often appearing out-of-it i

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DIRECTOR:


CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Addicted to Fame (2012)
2.
 Illegal Aliens (2007)
3.
 Be Cool (2005) Cast
4.
 Wasabi Tuna (2004) Herself
6.
 Skyscraper (1995)
7.
 To the Limit (1995) Colette
8.
 The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Za-Za
10.
 American Idol: The Phenomenon (2004) Interviewee
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Replaced supermodel Claudia Schiffer in the Guess? jeans ad campaign
1992:
Chosen by Hugh Hefner to appear on the March cover of <i>Playboy</i> magazine
1993:
Named <i>Playboy</i> Playmate of the year
1994:
Made her film debut in "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult"
1995:
First starring role, "To the Limit"
1997:
Produced and starred in the thriller, "Skyscraper"
2000:
Appeared in advertising campaign for Lane Bryant
2002:
Stared in the E! reality series, "The Anna Nicole Smith Show"
2003:
Became spokesperson for TrimSpa weight-loss supplements
2004:
Appeared as herself in the comedy "Wasabi Tuna," about a group of friends who kidnap her beloved pet Sugar-Pie
2005:
Appeared as herself in "Be Cool," starring John Travolta and Uma Thurman
2006:
Final film appearance, "Illegal Aliens"; also produced
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Notes

Smith has her own fragrance called Live.

In February 1998, Smith was arrested as a result of an altercation that occurred at a Southern California hotel.

"I'm no bimbo." --Anna Nicole Smith

"I finally got to a point where I could work again... I was like, Hmm, I love cameras. So why not? Let's go for it."---Smith on deciding to do her reality show ew.com

"I don't think Anna can tell a joke to save her life, I don't even think she could remember a joke to tell it. But there's something about her that's just funny."--Jeff Shore executive producer of "Anna Nicole Show" in TV Guide (July 2002)

"I was like, 'Oh my God! I look stoned out of my mind.'" --Smith after watching her debut on "The Anna Nicole Show"

Smith remained in bed for 6 months (depressed) before "The Anna Nicole Smith Show."

She has four tattoos and had 9 root canals

When J. Howard Marshall died, his son Pierce and Smith fought about the burial service and about Marshall's will. They wound up holding two services and dividing the ashes

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husband:
J Howard Marshall II. Oil tycoon. Born c. 1904; married June 27, 1994; died in 1995.
companion:
Ben Khan. Doctor. Iranian-born; Swedish citizen; together in 1997.
companion:
Jonathan McManus. Real estate developer. Dating in 1998; born c. 1968.

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son:
Daniel. Born in 1986.

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